Nova Scotia nurse fired after breaching patient confidentiality

3 ‘statements’ not suitable grounds for dismissal: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2019

After a patient was restrained at a Dartmouth, N.S., hospital, leading to a defamation suit, a registered nurse volunteered information to three different people, which caused the employer to fire her for violating patient confidentiality.

The nurse, identified as “DH,” had worked at the Nova Scotia Hospital for more than 20 years and was most recently employed for four years at Emerald Hall, a facility that treated patients with intellectual disabilities combined with a mental illness.

On Sept. 4, 2016, a patient, identified as “MM” was placed in protective restraint by a nurse, identified as “KT.” MM’s mother complained about his treatment and Lee Mailman, unit manager, filed a complaint with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia about KT’s actions that day.